Phil Lord and Chris Miller have kept themselves pretty busy over the last seven years. The duo gained Hollywood’s attention when they wrote and directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, despite that movie’s occasionally troubled production. While Cloudy was successful enough to spawn a sequel, as was Lord and Miller’s 2012 big-screen remake of 21 Jump Street, it was the duo’s LEGO Movie that made them a go-to creative team with an explosive amount of projects on their plates.
Since then, Lord and Miller have returned to their TV roots with Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, and that show has been successful enough for Fox to greenlight another show from the duo: The live-action/animation hybrid Son of Zorn. Modeled after ’80s Saturday morning cartoon icon He-Man from Masters of the Universe, Son of Zorn explores what would happen if such a character were to live in the suburbs and have a banal office job rather than fighting an evil skeleton in the distant reaches of outer space. The above trailer, for instance, shows the consequences of Zorn bringing home an unwanted guest from his travels.
Debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, the new trailer shows Zorn (The Last Man on Earth‘s Jason Sudeikis) as he interacts with his ex-wife Edie (Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Cheryl Hines) and son Alan (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising‘s Johnny Pemberton). Zorn runs into trouble, though, when Edie objects the presence of his death hawk, whom Zorn has more than a little trouble dispatching.
While Lord and Miller are producing Zorn, they are handing off the writing and directing to a creative team as they’ve done with The Last Man on Earth. Sally McKenna will serve as showrunner after Wilfred‘s Eli Jorne exited Son of Zorn over “creative differences,” presumably taking writing partner Reed Agnew with him. Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Eric Apple is being brought on board as director.
Lord and Miller have been on a hot streak over the last few years, with just about everything they touch turning to gold. With a solid cast and a funny premise, Son of Zorn could very well be another hit for the duo. If not, they still have half a dozen or so other projects in the works, including a Star Wars spinoff movie about a young Han Solo that is bound to get some attention.
Son of Zorn debuts Sunday, September 25th on FOX.
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